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Rioter Darren Severin of Ponders End jailed for attempted burglary of Southbury Road chemist
A rioter who tried to break into a chemist while the terrified owners barricaded the door has been jailed for more than two years.
Darren Severin, 29, of Church Road in Ponders End, was identified on CCTV footage as he joined others in kicking the front door and window of the shop in Southbury Road on August 7 2011.
He was pictured leaning through a gap in a window while the chemist’s owners desperately barricaded the door to stop anyone from gaining entry.
He pleaded guilty at Wood Green Crown Court on Thursday to attempted burglary has been jailed for two years and eight months.
Severin was arrested on October 9 at his home by officers from Operation Withern – responsible for bringing rioters to justice – and charged later that day.
He appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court in Islington the following day before appearing at Wood Green Crown Court in Lordship Lane for sentencing on Thursday, January 24.
Detective Sergeant Claire Starr, Operation Withern North, said: “I would really like to recognise the bravery of those in the shop at the time of the incident - they said they felt that the youths were murderous on that evening and if they had got into the shop, they felt they could have ended up with no shop at all.”